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Community Organizer , West Tennessee

Department: External Affairs - Community Engagement
Location: Memphis, TN

Community Organizer, West Tennessee

REPORTS TO: Director of Advocacy & Organizing

STATUS: Salary/Exempt


Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi is one of Tennessee's oldest and largest private, non-profit health care agencies. For over 75 years, PPTNM has remained committed to providing high-quality, affordable reproductive services and education throughout Tennessee, north Mississippi, and parts of Arkansas and Kentucky. We have four health center locations in Tennessee: Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville.

Our mission is to improve health and well-being by providing high-quality, nonjudgmental sexual health care, honest and accurate sexuality education, and reproductive health and rights advocacy.


PPTNM, as both a healthcare provider and a participant of Medicare/Medicaid, is subject to certain laws, regulations and orders requiring its workforce to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and its variants. PPTNM has therefore implemented a requirement that all employees be fully vaccinated. Candidates seeking employment with PPTNM will be required to: (1) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and its variants by their start date. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law, and (2) submit proof of vaccination by their start date as a condition of employment with PPTNM.


The Community Organizer will carry out grassroots advocacy work and implement strategic plans to build and engage Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi and Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood’s (TAPP) bases of supporters in west Tennessee. This role is hybrid.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Under the direction of the Director of Organizing & Advocacy, works with PPTNM staff to implement a strategic organizing plan to build support for Planned Parenthood.

  • Mobilizes volunteers to carry out PPTNM’s grassroots organizing plan via one-on-ones, phone/text, and email.

  • Develops community engagement strategy, conducts regular volunteer orientations, and brings volunteers up a ladder of engagement.

  • Recruits and trains volunteers and interns, lead phone banks, organize canvasses and other volunteer activities.

  • Develops the skills of volunteer leaders to build a network of new grassroots community organizers.

  • Manages the outreach and organizing plans of organizing interns and volunteers, including Action Councils. Sets measurable goals and holds them accountable to the goals.

  • Practice volunteer stewardship, including appreciation events and recognition.

  • Builds relationships and collaborates with community groups and organizations to build a sustainable progressive movement in east Tennessee.

  • Informs PPTNM staff, via written and verbal reports, of activities, developments, and progress on the strategic plan.

  • Maintains, updates, tracks, and communicates with volunteers through EveryAction/VAN database; generates regular reports.

  • Represents PPTNM when needed at coalition meetings and work with partner organizations to implement our field plan.

  • Ensures compliance with 501 (c)(3) guidelines for approved activities.

  • Travel is required; must have an automobile with a current driver's license and insurance.

  • Protects the confidentiality of PPTNM clients, donors, board, and all areas of operation.

  • Performs other duties as needed or directed.


  • Alignment with the mission and values of Planned Parenthood.

  • Able to demonstrate behaviors that represent the Affiliate’s Workplace Values.

  • A passion for social justice, women’s rights, and Reproductive Justice.

  • Excellent communication and team-building skills; ability to initiate, foster, and leverage contacts and networks to achieve strong, positive outcomes.

  • Proven ability to achieve measurable, meaningful results.

  • Self-driven and proactive with the capacity to work both independently and in groups.

  • Ability to adapt in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Strong problem-solver and critical thinker.

  • A learning orientation and an ability to embrace and incorporate direct feedback crucial.

  • Experience with diverse populations a plus.

  • Bilingual abilities are a plus.


EXPERIENCE: At least 3 years of professional experience preferred; political, campaign and/or community organizing experience a plus, experience (volunteer or paid) recruiting, training, and mobilizing a team of 10 or more volunteers/members preferred.

Other: Willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends; full-time access to a car and a valid driver’s license is required; some travel required.


  • Competitive base salary commensurate with experience

  • 100% Employer paid Medical, Dental, Basic Life/AD&D, STD, LTD (Employee Only Coverage)

  • Voluntary Vision, “Buy-Up” options on Basic Life, Spouse, & Dependent

  • 401(k) plan with matching opportunity

  • Plum Benefits & Pet Insurance

  • Starting PTO of 15 vacation days within first year (pro-rated based on start date), 2 Floating Holidays and 10 Paid Holidays

This job description is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, or working conditions associated with this position. While intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to review and change this description as needed to maintain business goals and accomplishments. Job descriptions are reviewed periodically. This job description is not a contract.


Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, citizenship, disability, atypical hereditary cellular blood trait, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. PPTNM will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and any subsequent revisions or additions to related law/regulations.

Employees are expected to perform duties as assigned and directed by management.


PPTNM participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.





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